Labour Economics, Development Economics
Effect of ethnic segregation on educational attainment in the UK
Ethnic segregation could be one of the main reasons behind the educational attainment gaps between ethnic groups. Over the past 20 years, the educational achievement gap by ethnic groups has narrowed considerably in the UK (Strand, 2015). In this study, we aim to measure the impact of ethnic segregation on the educational attainments of ethnic minorities. It is essential to distinguish between the neighborhood and school segregation. We use spatial regression discontinuity design (spatial RDD) to identify the effect of school segregation abstract from neighborhood segregation. Since school catchment areas affect chances of getting admission to a school, spatial RDD uses geographical borders of catchment areas to identify the effect of gaining access to schools with different segregation levels. To estimate this, we have requested a bespoke extract of the National Pupils Database (NPD), in particular: School Census pupil level data, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 4, and Key Stage 5 pupil level data from Department for Education (DfE).
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Yona Rubinstein, Guy Michaels
EC317: Labour Economics
EC423: Labour Economics for MSc
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